What is a Disciple?

Disciples are those who commit to follow the teachings and example of someone else. Everyone is a disciple of someone. The question is, are you intentional about who you are being discipled by?

Jesus said, “If you abide in my word, you truly are my disciples.” (John 8:31) He also called His disciples to make more disciples. He said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

Jesus made no distinction between being a “Christian” and being a “Disciple.” They are synonymous.

Commit & Submit

Join with 1 to 3 other people to grow together in a D22 discipleship group

Incorporate Monthly Practices

Canvas will provide monthly videos that introduce various practices to help put your faith to action.

Meet Regularly for a year

We recommend weekly to get the most consistency. This can be in somone’s home, a coffee shop, in a park, over Zoom, etc.

Study the Words & Ways of Jesus

You might read the gospels, watch something like “The Chosen,” read some Christian books, go through a Bible study like “Experiencing God,” etc. Your meetings will allow you to process, discuss, and pray together.

Pass it On

Look for an opportunity to begin discipling someone else. Leave a space open in your group or start another group by going through this process with someone new.

The Balance of Big and Small

When we gather as a large group on Sundays to worship, we encounter God in a unique way. However, much of what Jesus called us to as disciples is best learned and practiced within the context of smaller groups. Large gatherings reach wide, but small groups dig deep.

Here are some structures to help you be intentional in your discipleship journey. We are calling them “D-22 Groups” as we seek to focus on Discipleship throughout 2022. We invite you to:

Next Steps

Do you have 1-3 other people you are ready to journey with as disciples this year? Let’s get started! The above structure is intentionally flexible so that you can find what works best for your group. If you desire to be part of a group, but are not sure who, or you are just interested in getting more information, please submit the form below, and we will quickly be in touch!

You can find pastor Mike’s teaching series about Discipleship on YouTube under the Canvas Church Oak Bay playlist: Decisions and Disciples: Following Jesus in 2022.

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